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Clemmie – a summer portrait

This portrait is about those lovely relaxed endless sunny days of the summer holidays. Her gorgeous olive skin, fringed denim shorts, ankle bracelet and bare feet sing out the song of summer.

Capturing the captivating Claudia in pastel

The Sitter An enchanting 6 year old, Claudia has a timelessness that is captivating. She is engaging and curious, but has a gentleness and stillness that belies her years. I thoroughly enjoyed every stage of this portrait. And am looking forward to meeting her sister Agatha in 2 years time for her portrait. Sometimes, I […]

Pastel Portraits of Two Brothers

An interesting commission this, from a friend and fellow artist who had studied at the same school – Charles Cecil Studios in Florence. It is always difficult to draw one’s own children with the necessary degree of objectivity, so Katie had entrusted me to capture them. But obviously with shortage of expectation. No pressure then! […]

Oil Portrait of a Pony-Mad Young Girl

The Sitter Isla is the oldest of 4 children. At 12,  the adolescent is lurking in the wings but she is still delightfully young and sweet and in the full swing of pony madness. She arrived, as instructed, with lots of changes of clothes and various props including some rosettes and, rather charmingly, her teddybear. […]

Rufus, the dog with the longest eyelashes

Rufus, a 2 year old cocker spaniel has to be one of the most delicious dogs I have ever known. So amenable, obedient, so eager to please. And entirely focussed on his master, Simon. His coat was as soft as silk. But the most enticing thing about him was the length of his eyelashes. I […]

Hetta at Home

Hetta was not keen to have her portrait painted! Her husband commissioned me to paint her but didn’t inform me of her reluctance until I was about 10 minutes away from their house. With some trepidation as to how I was going to handle this scenario, I arrived laden with all my photography kit and […]

Third Portrait to Complete the Family

Pastel portrait of young boy

Harry is the youngest son of my cousin, the very talented artist Mary-Ann Watt. His older sisters, Isla and Florence, had had their portraits done by me several years earlier when they respectively turned 10. Now, finally, it was Harry’s turn. The Sitter Only boy, and youngest of 3, Harry has a fabulous mop of […]

Portraits of Two Brothers

Oil portraits of two brothers

I absolutely loved this commission. On paper it was potentially full of complications. Portraits of 2 brothers – one of 15, one of 9. The 15 year old is very much a young man, tall and long-limbed and rather camera shy. The 8 year old – a chorister at Salisbury cathedral – is a young […]

Scrumpy – The Artist’s Dog

portrait of the artist's jack russell terrier, oil on board

Scrumpy is the first small dog I have ever owned. I had never particularly liked small dogs, preferring instead the big labs. But then I met her mother, Scrappy, the most heavenly long-haired jack russell. (You can read all about her here) and my canine tastes changed irrevocably. Scrumpy, Scrappy’s daughter from a 2nd litter, was […]

Portraits of Twins

Oil portraits of twins displayed side by side

This was a fascinating commission. Two individual portraits of twins. When painting siblings, I always try and ensure that the paintings work both separately and collectively. This means choosing poses that work together so that the children aren’t all facing the same way (like sitting on a bus). With twins, and the added closeness that […]

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